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'Life is Strange: Before the Storm' trailer showcases its story

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:47:00 -0400

(image) Since Max and her time traveling powers won't be in Life is Strange's upcoming prequel, you might be wondering what to expect. Well, this new trailer out of Germany's Gamescom expo can give you a pretty good idea of what Before the Storm is all about...



WhatsApp borrows Facebook's colorful status updates

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:02:00 -0400

(image) Now you can switch your WhatsApp status update to suit your mood. You can stitch photos and videos together to make it look like Snapchat -- or you can make it look more like its parent company's status updates. The chat application has updated its i...



Google may be readying its own smart headphones

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:33:00 -0400

(image) Google might be planning a foil to smarter-than-usual headphones like Apple's AirPods or the Bragi Dash line. After some sleuthing inside the Google app, the team at 9to5Google has found references to headphones that would use Google Assistant to aug...



The first new ‘Age of Empires’ game in over a decade is in the works

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:49:00 -0400

(image) It's been over a decade since Age of Empires III came out in 2005, but fans of the lauded RTS franchise will once again be subject to Gandhi's merciless wrath: Age of Empires IV is officially in development. At Gamescom today, Microsoft announced the...



Disney Research taught AI how to judge short stories

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:11:00 -0400

(image) Disney researchers have been coming up with some striking new technology lately, including a method for real-time speech animation, shared augmented reality and some creepy face-projection tech for live performances. Now, researchers at Disney and th...



Swiftly-falling snowstorms may fall at night on Mars

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:32:00 -0400

(image) Certain areas of Mars develop clouds at night that drop icy rain rather quickly -- and in some areas, perhaps snow. While neither have been strictly observed, researchers have developed new computer models that forecast frozen precipitation on the re...



CNN is the latest to make a daily news show for Snapchat

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:00:00 -0400

(image) NBC isn't the only major US broadcaster hopping on the Snapchat daily news show bandwagon. CNN has launched The Update, a survey of events that will run in the Shows section of Snapchat's Stories at 6PM Eastern. Each regular episode will cover five...



Google might launch a reborn Chromebook Pixel and smaller Home

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:38:00 -0400

(image) Do you still have a Chromebook Pixel-shaped hole in your heart months after Google pulled the plug? Good news -- Google might be bringing it back. A source speaking to Android Police claims that a "Pixel-branded Chromebook" will launch alongside the...



IRS warns that tax-related phishing scams are on the rise

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:11:00 -0400

(image) According to the IRS, the amount of phishing scams targeting W-2 forms rose sharply this year compared to last. In 2016, around 50 companies and organizations fell victim to such scams while during this year's tax season, that number increased to aro...



Walmart is slowly expanding its Uber-powered grocery delivery

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:41:00 -0400

(image) Walmart has been testing a grocery delivery service since 2013, when it expanded from San Francisco and San Jose to the Denver market. It's been using ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to deliver the goods since last year, in Denver and Phoen...



High-powered microscope can scan cells without destroying them

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:19:00 -0400

(image) Confocal microscopes are pretty wild. The instruments can capture cell division in realtime, but the downside is the lasers in existing ones tend to fry the cells they're studying. Researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology m...



Plex says recent policy changes don't mean it's sharing your data

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:02:00 -0400

(image) Last week, the makers of media player software Plex sent an email to users informing them of a privacy policy. In effect, the new terms would remove the ability to opt-out of the software's data collection. Predictably, there was some pushback over t...



Cute and creepy adventure game 'Fe' hits Switch in 2018

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:39:00 -0400

(image) A year ago, Electronic Arts kicked off its indie publishing program EA Originals by announcing an intriguing gem: Fe, created by studio Zoink from Gothenberg, Sweden. The wordless adventure game follows a woodland creature as it roams a geometric, st...



Facebook makes Safety Check a permanent feature

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:21:00 -0400

(image) Facebook is acting on its promise to make Safety Check a permanent feature. The social network is rolling out a dedicated Safety Check hub that helps you find any ongoing crisis without first being prompted to declare yourself as safe. It's not exa...



Cyberpunk shooter 'Ruiner' hits PC and consoles September 26th

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:03:00 -0400

(image) When we played Ruiner during the Xbox showcase at GDC back in February, we compared it to a 3D, highly polished version of Hotline Miami. The cyberpunk-themed, top-down action game sets you up to kill the boss while taking out enemies who swarm in fr...



Oreo is officially the next name for Android

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:46:00 -0400

(image) Google loves to make a big splash when it reveals the name for the latest version of Android. But the company is going all out this year, using the solar eclipse as an opportunity to reveal that Android O will henceforth be referred to as Oreo. It ma...



Every NFL team is involved in EA's 'Madden' eSports tournament

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:39:00 -0400

(image) You've seen conventional sports teams dip their toes in the eSports waters before, but probably not like this. EA is launching the Madden NFL Club Championship today, and it'll have official involvement from all 32 NFL teams -- the first time an Ame...



Researchers use encryption to keep patients’ DNA private

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:21:00 -0400

(image) There are a lot of valid security concerns when it comes to genetic testing and keeping your genome under wraps. But researchers at Stanford University have figured out a way to keep the vast majority of your genomic data hidden while looking for dis...



Comcast's new sports guide makes it easier to find games and scores

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:02:00 -0400

(image) Comcast has made some useful tweaks to its sports guide for X1 on set-top boxes and the Xfinity Stream App just in time for the NFL preseason. On X1, the top of the sports guide now has landing pages for every major league and sport including soccer,...



Walmart may use a blimp to deploy its delivery drones

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:42:00 -0400

(image) Hey, Amazon: you aren't the only one who pictures blimps full of delivery drones. Walmart has applied for a patent on "gas-filled carrier aircrafts" that would serve as airborne bases, helping courier drones fly to homes they couldn't reach if they...



Watch Google’s Android O event right here at 2:40PM ET

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:19:00 -0400

(image) During today's solar eclipse, Google will be unveiling its latest OS, Android O. The release event and livestream will begin at 2:40 PM Eastern. "Watch the solar eclipse unveil the Android O superhero. Trust us, it'll be extra sweet," said Google.



‘Star Wars Battlefront II' space skirmishes put Yoda in the cockpit

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:16:00 -0400

(image) Star Wars: Battlefront II may have a single-player mode -- a first for the series -- but that doesn't mean multiplayer is taking a back seat. Electronic Arts showed off the large-scale, multiplayer Starfighter Assault mode for the first time in a liv...



Brawl in the post-apocalypse in the next 'Overwatch' map: Junkertown

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:04:00 -0400

(image) We're currently enjoying Overwatch's summer event (including our favorite addition, the grilldad Soldier 76 skin) and looking forward to the recently-announced deathmatch modes coming to the game. In other words, we weren't expecting much during Game...



'The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs' promises biggest-ever pets expansion

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) In the close-to-three years since its release on PC, The Sims 4 has broken down gender barriers, freed itself from the shackles of the suburbs, and even found time to cater to Mac and console gamers. But, there's been something amiss from the lives o...



Celebrate 10 years of 'BioShock' with a $200 boxset

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:46:00 -0400

(image) It's hard to believe, but as of today, the extremely influential BioShock is ten years old. To commemorate the art-deco shooter's birthday, publisher 2K will release a fancy commemorative edition of the claustrophobic, undersea morality tale on Novem...